Sep. 21, 2017

Read & Win: Infrared and Raman Spectroscopic Imaging

  • Infrared and Raman Spectroscopic Imaging 2nd Edition Edited by Rainer Salzer and Heinz SieslerInfrared and Raman Spectroscopic Imaging 2nd Edition Edited by Rainer Salzer and Heinz Siesler
  • Infrared and Raman Spectroscopic Imaging 2nd Edition Edited by Rainer Salzer and Heinz Siesler
  • Heinz Siesler
  • Reiner Salzer

Infrared and Raman Spectroscopic Imaging is a powerful and widely used tool.  Many developments have taken place with the method in the last decades due to many advances in instrumentation and software. This reference book, in its second edition, reflects these developments in this exciting area of research. New methods like the combination of IR imaging with AFM has enhanced the achievable lateral resolution by an order of magnitude down to a few hundred nanometers, thus launching a multiplicity of new applications in material science. Furthermore, Raman and IR spectroscopic imaging have become key technologies for the life sciences and today contribute tremendously to a better and more detailed understanding of numerous biological and medical research topics. Nowadays this is a standard imaging method in many fields, including food and agricultural science as well as pharmaceutical and polymer research.

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To have a chance of winning the book read Issue 3, 2017 of Imaging & Microscopy (page 14 ). As a subscriber you could read the issue already online or order you own copy (as a free trial copy). Take part in our competition and send your answer to with the subject line Read & Win. All correct answers will be entered in a prize draw and the lucky winner will receive a copy of "Infrared and Raman Spectroscopic Imaging".
Closing date: November 22, 2017.

Reiner Salzer
Reiner Salzer is an Emeritus Professor of Analytical Chemistry from the Technische Universität Dresden, Germany, where he worked since 1990. He received his PhD in the field of vibrational spectroscopy from the University of Leipzig, Germany, in 1971. He was a Post-Doc at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and a Guest Professor at the University of Oslo, Norway and at the Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Professor Salzer has authored 15 patents in different fields of analytical chemistry, and almost 300 books and scientific publications.

He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science, a recipient of several national and international medals. He is Chairman of the ECTN Label Committee for high-quality teaching programmes in chemistry (Chemistry Eurolabel).

Heinz Siesler
Heinz Siesler is an Emeritus Professor in Physical Chemistry from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, where he worked since 1987. Prior to his academic position he gained industrial experience in molecular spectroscopy and thermal analysis (1974 – 1987) in the R&D Department of Bayer AG, Germany. He also was a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa (1972-1974) and a Post-Doc at the University of Cologne (1970-1972), Germany, after receiving his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Vienna, Austria, in 1970. His main research interests are the application of vibrational spectroscopy to chemical research and quality control in combination with chemometric evaluation routines. The test and further development of miniaturized handheld vibrational spectrometers for public use is a special research focus over the last years.

Interview with Reiner Salzer and Heinz Siesler:

What is your main focus in research, what is your main scientific interest?

Salzer: My main research interest include vibrational-spectroscopic monitoring for early diagnosis of diseases, integration of biologically active functions into polymers, and quality assessment in university education.
Siesler: My main research interest is the application of vibrational spectroscopy  to chemical quality and process control. Recently, I focus on the development of handheld spectrometers for every-day life use (e.g. food authentication, first responder applications).

What was the reason to edit the book?

Salzer: Vibrational imaging increasingly attracted applicants from various areas, who needed a comprehensive description of possibilities and pitfalls in using these techniques.
Siesler: At the beginning of writing there was no book available covering all aspects of imaging by vibrational spectroscopy.

What is the target audience for the book?

Salzer: Chemists, physicists and engineers as well as researchers in medicine, pharmacy working in the field of basic research as well as applied research will find advice in this book.
Siesler: Chemists, physicists and chemical engineers working in the field of chemical, pharmaceutical and polymer analysis and research, as well as food investigations and quality assurance will benefit from this book.

What knowledge is prerequisite for the book?

Salzer: The reader should have basic experience with infrared and/or Raman spectroscopy.
Siesler: A solid knowledge of the techniques of Raman, mid-infrared and near-infrared spectroscopy.

What is the structure of the book?

Siesler: The topical structure of the book is subdivided into four parts:                  
a) fundamentals of instrumentation and overview on chemometric tools for image analysis                                                                                           
b) applications in a broad range of fields                                                                    
c) imaging beyond the diffraction limit                                                           
d) special methodical developments

Which of the methods covered in the book has made the most progress in the last few years?

Salzer: Imaging beyond the diffraction limit and utilization of non-linear Raman techniques
Siesler: Imaging beyond the diffraction limit and confocal Raman spectroscopy

What is – in your opinion – the ‘next big thing’ in imaging?

Salzer: Multimodal imaging at video rates, in particular in medical research.
Siesler: Imaging in medical research, for digital agriculture and the technique of   3D imaging

How important is the automation of image analysis?

Salzer: Chemometric analysis is an indispensable part of imaging. Its importance is growing with increasing image sizes, increasing spatial resolution and increasing frame rates. At the same time, inappropriate application of chemometric tools may pose a threat to the inexperienced user.
Siesler: Due to the large data sets involved in imaging automation is a key issue for practical image analysis.

More information:
Infrared and Raman Spectroscopic Imaging
2nd Edition
Edited by Rainer Salzer and Heinz Siesler
656 pages / November 2014 
Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA
ISBN: 978-3-527-33652-4
Available as hardcover and E-book

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